Friday, June 15, 2007

Make My Kid Eat

Deborah, The Humble Housewife, is challenging us to contribute kid friendly meal ideas for her 100th blog post event. I came across this challenge in the middle of getting ready for our trip to Ireland. I think it's a fantastic idea, and something that will help many a mother of picky eaters.

My two year old daughter, bar the odd finicky phase, eats great, but I'm all for learning new kid friendly recipes to try. With her brother following close behind, and displaying a more sensitive palette at times, having a few foodie tricks up my sleeve will help me in the future. I am looking forward to seeing all the great recipes contributed. In the meantime will share favourites in this house.

Miss E's Breakfast Booster

Bran Muffins and Strawberry Banana Smoothies make for a healthy, quick and easy to prepare breakfast. Miss E thinks she's getting strawberry milk and a bun for breakfast, so everyone is happy! We had this this morning, and I enjoyed it as much as she did.

The muffins pictured below are from an earlier photo, and since our digital camera didn't survive the trip back from Ireland, you'll have to use your imagination on how the strawberry smoothie looks!

Bran Muffins
1 1/4 cups bran cereal (like All Bran, or Post 100% Bran)
1 cup milk
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
11/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg

To make:
Preheat oven to 400F and grease or line a 12 muffin tin.
Combine bran cereal and milk in a large bowl, heat on high for 1 minute in the microwave.
Combine all dry ingredients and use a balloon whisk to mix and aerate.
Add oil and egg to cereal mixture and stir to combine.
Gradually add dry ingredients until combined, do not over mix.
Bake for 18-20 minutes.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

In a blender combine:
1 cup fat free plain yogurt
1 cup milk
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 chopped banana
1 tbs honey

Blend to a smooth(ie) consistency!

Serve the muffins warm, slice in half and spread a little butter on each side.

I have another dinner time recipe to share, and will do so on a separate blog post just as soon as I finish ironing and putting away the rest of the holiday laundry!

Have you got a picky eater?, or have you got the dream child who eats everything? - either way, check out Deborah's website, and join in the fun!


Kimberly said...

I've been meaning to learn to make bran muffins - thanks for the recipe!

Shauna said...

That smoothie sounds delicious!

Brillig said...

ooooh, what a great idea! Looks yum!